I am so close to getting this projector. Everything I read about it is positive, except for this forum. Now I understand that this is a forum specificallly tracking issues with the projector, and the actual percentage of problems may be small, but I don't know if I can take the chance.
I live in canada, and am pretty sure then as soon as it crosses the border, the warranty will be over. No 1 year, no 500 hours.
Now, I am no stranger to projectors, I started about 5 years ago with a nice hitachi unit, 4:3 aspect, ridiculously bad contrast ( black had a noticable green hue). We zoomed the heck out of the projector, with a 4:3 screen size of 160"+, (with image on the roof and floor), just so we could blow up the 16:9 movies. And you want to talk about screen door effect... pfff, spaces between pixels were like 1/4 of a pixel. It was crazy. Man this little guy put out the light though. (no contrast, but the brites were brite). And all of this was projected on a matte finish, very textured concrete wall.
2 years ago, we upgraded to the benQ 2240. DLP this time, because we wanted to get rid of the screen door. Turns out I am one of the people that is affected by the 'rainbow' effect. It is usually only a mild itch that I can deal with, even when there were panning shots of white spaceships in black space (think space move... from a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away), and the rainbowing is at it's worst( if rainbowing is at all a word), I could deal with it. I was just happy to see black, not dark green. As for picture quality, in the dark.. and I mean dark dark, the benQ was awesome, but if there was ambient light, then it was just a pale image on the wall (the hitachi handled itself a lot better in the light)
You may be asking yoursef, man, this guy sure can ramble, what's up. Well, it is time to upgrade again, and after doing a ton of research, this ax200u seems to be the answer to all my questions. But now I have 2 main concerns, and I will start with the minor one:
1: Image issues, with color misalignment that may or may not be fixed as part of the lens shift. (first, before i get into it, I don't want to offend anyone here, and the problems you are having, probably annoy the crap out of you to no end, and make you want to scream out loud, but I find that I am fairly forgiving in image sharpness, focus and color) From the pictures I have seen here in the forum, extremely zoomed in, with one of the colors, red I beleive, a little misaligned. Is this an extreme issue from regular seating distance? I have been using a projector as my only TV now for about 5 years. I used to watch regular, non-HD tv blown up to 110" (on the crappy textured concrete wall). When I am sitting 11.5 feet from my 120" widescreen image, still on the textured concrete wall (Curt, ( Curt is my name), Curt, it just may be time to get a screen). Oops sorry, derailed my thought there. When I am watching Spiderman from 11.5' away, is this color shift going to be noticable when all the action is going on, or is this more of a stationary, computer / data / powerpoint sort of issue?
2: (and this is the scary one for me) This screen flicker ( or more accurately, this dimming, then re-britening, and then re-dimming, and re-re-britening). If I am thinking correctly, is this the same sort of 'flicker' that you used to get from dubbing vhs movies? If you don't know what vhs is, i feel old. if you have never dubbed a vhs movie, the you are a better man / woman than I am. I am better now. No more piracy ( I mean I would, but you just lose way too much quality, and I like the complete original.) Anyway. Sorry again. This screen flicker, does anyone know the approximate percentage of machines that exhibit it?
Man, I want this projector, I just don't want to buy it twice. (once the first time, and twice to send it in to get the bulb changed on my own dime, (no warranty))
@TX Joe. You are my inspiration. Yours failed, and now you love it again. I want that,... but with out the failing thing, just the loving...
(sorry for the long post)